• - Fabric
  • - Lining
  • - Thread
  • - Buckram
  • - Wadding
  • - Weights
  • - Curtain Hooks
  • Tools
  • - Sewing Machine
  • - Needles
  • - Pins
  • - Clamps
  • - Scissors
  • - Set Square
  • - Straight Edge
  • - Invisible Marker
  • Step 9b: Form the Cartridge Pleats
    Printable Worksheet
    Printable Worksheet


    • Lay the curtain down, right side facing up.
    • Put a stitch 0.5cm either side of the centre of the pleat at the top of the curtain to help hold the shape of the pleat.
    • Roll a length of buckram and insert into the pleat fold to hold it in a cylindrical shape.
    • Stuff the pleat with wadding
    • Make a top cap by ironing a piece of fabric onto some fusible buckram and cutting a disc to insert into the top of the pleat.
    • Repeat for each pleat.
    This video shows you
    • How to form a cartridge pleat
    • How to stitch the top of the cartridge pleat
    • How to stuff and shape the cartridget pleat
    • How to make a top cap
    • Where to stitch the top
    • How to start and finish your stitches

    Extra Help & Comments

    Is there anything I can do to make the outer edge "return" actually turn the 90 degrees to the wall rather than hanging limply? Maybe I need a stitch somewhere or do I need to affix an eyelet nail in the wall and hook the end of the curtain to it...or have I missed a step in the instructions? Many thanks.
    Sew Helpful
    There are a few ways to get the returns 90 degrees and tight to the wall.

    1) Fix an eyelet to the wall and a pin hook on the return end and attach the return to the wall.

    2) Fix a batten block to the wall with hook velcro on the ouside edge where you want the curtain return to touch against the wall. Sew loop velcro on the inside edge of the curtain heading and velcro the return into position. (The block should be hidden behind the curtain return)

    I'm sorry but I dont have any images available  to post.

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